Which Cameras Were Used on the Oscar-Nominated Films of 2020?

While ARRI easily dominated among these Oscar-nominated films (as it does every year), quite a number of filmmakers opted to shoot on film this year.

Even though the Academy Awards were announced mere hours ago, we've had nearly a year to soak in the gorgeous visual nectar produced by this year's crop of Oscar contenders. And, as we do every year, we've put a list together to take a look at which cameras and lenses were used to capture these amazing films.

As always, ARRI shows up in a big way with the various flavors of Alexa in films like Joker, 1917, and Ford v Ferrari. However, something really interesting happened this year: half...half...of all the films on our list, which includes all Best Picture, Best Directing, and Best Cinematography nominees, were shot on film. This includes titles you probably expected, like Scorsese's The Irishman and Tarantino's Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, but it also includes Robert Eggers The Lighthouse, Greta Gerwig's Little Women, and Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story.

Learn which cameras and lenses were used in the Oscar-nominated films by checking out our handy infographic.

The Irishman

Nominated for Best Picture, Best Directing (Martin Scorsese), and Best Cinematography (Rodrigo Prieto)

Cameras: ARRI Alexa Mini, Arricam LT, Arricam ST, RED Helium

Lenses: Zeiss Ultra Primes, Zeiss Compact Zooms, Angenieux Optimo, Cook Panchro/i Classic

Joker

Nominated for Best Picture, Best Directing (Todd Phillips), and Best Cinematography (Lawrence Sher)

Cameras: ARRI Alexa 65, Alexa LF, Alexa Mini

Lenses: Hasselblad Prime DNA lenses

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

Nominated for Best Picture, Best Directing (Quentin Tarantino), and Best Cinematography (Robert Richardson)

Cameras:  Aaton A-Minima, Arriflex 435, Bolex camera, Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL2

Lenses: Panavision Primo, C-, E-, T-Series and Ultra Speed Golden lenses, Normal Speed MKII, Ultra Speed MKII, Cooke Varotal, and Angenieux lenses

1917

Nominated for Best Picture, Best Directing (Sam Mendes), and Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins)

Cameras: ARRI Alexa Mini LF

Lenses: ARRI Signature Prime lenses

The Lighthouse

Nominated for Best Cinematography (Jarin Blaschke)

Cameras: Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL2

Lenses: Bausch & Lomb Baltar and Petzval lenses

Parasite

Nominated for Best Picture and Best Directing (Bong Joon Ho)

Cameras: ARRI Alexa 65

Lenses: Hasselblad Prime DNA lenses

Ford v Ferrari

Nominated for Best Picture

Cameras: ARRI Alexa LF

Lenses: Panavision C-, H-, and T-Series lenses

Jojo Rabbit

Nominated for Best Picture

Cameras: ARRI Alexa Mini, Alexa SXT

Lenses: Hawk V-Lite 1.3x Anamorphic, Leica Summicron-C, Summilux-C lenses, and Vantage One T1 lenses

Little Women

Nominated for Best Picture

Cameras: Arricam LT and ST

Lenses: Cooke S4 and Angenieux Optimo lenses

Marriage Story

Nominated for Best Picture

Cameras: Arricam LT and ST, Arriflex 435

Lenses: Panavision Primo lenses

It appears that Hollywood filmmakers really stuck to tradition this year. They shot on tried and true, battle-tested cameras that have been used on big-budget (and not so big budget) projects over the years, and didn't venture out much. In other words, we didn't see anything super cool like GoPros or iPhones this go-around. 

And that's fine. There's nothing wrong with using an ARRI Alexa to shoot your film...in fact, I can think of a whole lot of right...but that camera isn't designed to be conducive to new filmmakers who have no money and no experience. 

If you want to see what indie filmmakers are using on their low-budget projects, stay tuned for our Sundance Camera Roundup.     

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Deakins didn't shoot the Irishman.

January 13, 2020 at 11:34AM, Edited January 13, 11:34AM

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Alex Alva
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Arri is still the king. Definitely interesting to see actual film camera's being pretty dominant here though.

January 14, 2020 at 9:54AM

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Alex Everingham
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Woooow! I need to see this movie! Jojo Rabbit so funny! Hmm interesting which of them will have oscar

January 15, 2020 at 6:13AM

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Roksana Krysht
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Irishman. Red Helium.

Okay... that must have been those scenes I noticed with the very ugly highlight roll-offs on the faces. I had no explanation for that. Until now.

January 16, 2020 at 9:30AM, Edited January 16, 9:30AM

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JeffreyWalther
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